About Court Garden
In the lea of the South Downs, in Ditchling, East Sussex, Court Gardens Farm has a long history of farming. In Saxon times the farm was known as the Manor of Ditchling Garden, from the middle ages to the reformation it was held by the monks at the priory in Lewes. After a short spell owned by the crown the farm became known as Court Garden. The farm appears on one of the earliest maps of Sussex, Yeakell and Gardner's map of 1778-1783, just to the north of Ditchling. Not much has changed in the landscape since then.
The vineyard was established in the spring of 2005 on a beautiful south-facing slope with the South Downs as a backdrop, and is now one of the more charming vineyards in England. The family run single-estate vineyard now extends to 17 acres, mainly planted with the three traditional Champagne varieties of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier. In 2008 we added the still varieties Pinot Gris, Ortega, Dornfelder and Rondo.
Sussex shares similar geology to north-east France, the chalk of the downs runs beneath the Channel into the Champagne region. In Sussex we have a more maritime climate which is perfect for the production of sparkling wine.
Court Garden is a family-run, single-estate vineyard and winery in East Sussex, set on a beautiful south-facing slope with the South Downs as a backdrop. They are passionate about the grapes they grow and the wine they make. In recent years, that passion has been rewarded with numerous national and international awards. They are the proud winners of, among others, of four silvers and a silver outstanding at the International Wine & Spirit Competition, three silvers at the Decanter World Wine Awards, two silvers at Effervescents du Monde in Dijon, two golds at the 2015 International Wine Challenge, plus their Trophies for Best English Sparkling and Best English Vintage for their 2010 Blanc de Blancs, and three silvers and a bronze in the 2016 International Wine Challenge.